Rye Councilwoman Catherine Parker, who owns Parkers Travel Store on Purchase Street, walked away with $50,000 in winnings on Wednesday’s episode of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.” She started in the hot seat on Tuesday’s show, where she made it up to the $12,500 question. She continued as a holdover contestant on Wednesday’s show where she started by looking at the $15,000 question with one lifeline left (“Ask The Expert”).
Parker used her “Ask The Expert” lifeline on the $50,000 question, which was: Category, 'Japanese Imports' – “Which of these international automakers has a name that loosely means “unite” in Japanese? A: Subaru, B: Nissan, C: Suzuki, D: Mazda.” Parker connected with “Expert” Baratunde Thurston (web editor of “The Onion” and host of Popular Science’s “Future Of” on the Science Channel) via a face-to-face Skype video call. Baratunde guessed the answer to be “B,” but said that he was not sure. Parker decided to take a guess and made “A” her final answer, which was correct!
Parker’s $100,000 question was: Category, 'Olympic Athletes' – “In his career, Michael Phelps has won 16 Olympic medals — two behind the all-time leader, who won 18 medals as a what? A: German speed skater, B: Soviet gymnast, C: Norwegian cross-country skier, D: Hungarian fencer.”
Out of lifelines and unsure of the answer, Parker decided to not take a guess and walk away with the guaranteed $50,000 that she had already won. If she had guessed incorrectly on the $100,000 question, she would have fallen back to $25,000 in winnings. The correct answer was “B.” FYI — Larissa Latynina won 18 medals for the USSR as a gymnast.
When asked, Parker said she would of chosen "C: Norwegian cross-country skier".
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Here is a (somewhat choppy) transcript of Parker's appearance on Millionaire, courtesy of Livedash from Replay:
00:00:01 You only have one lifeline left and that is our expert.
00:00:04 And today our expert is BARATUNDE THURSTON,r Who is the host of "popular science's future of" on the science channel.
00:00:12 Great expert.
00:00:14 So you're in good hands here.
00:00:15 It's nice to have that particular lifeline.
00:00:19 What do you say, catherine?
00:00:20 Are you ready?
00:00:21 >> I'm ready.
00:00:22 Meredith: Audience, are you ready?
00:00:23 [Cheers anúd applause] Meredith: Then let's play " ok.
00:00:30 Going for 15,000.
00:00:32 You have 30 seconds on the clock.
00:00:34 CATEGORY, "LITERARY ALLUSIONS."r >> Um, I think the answer , nathaniel hawthorne,@ final answer.
00:00:59 Meredith: Author of "the scarlet letter," nathaniel hawthorne.
00:01:01 Good job.
00:01:03 [Cheers and applause] Meredith: Catherine, this is a great place to be.
00:01:10 This is the $25,000 question.
00:01:13 You get this right, YOU CANNOTr LEAVE WITH LESS ú ..
00:01:33 My grandmother, who I called nanny, had told me about the vidalia onion, and I know she told me that they were from georgia.
00:01:40 I hope she was right, 'cause I'm going with her answer.
00:01:43 A., georgia, final answer.
00:01:45 Meredith: She'd never ú of course it's georgia!
00:01:50 [Cheers and applause] Meredith: $25,000.
00:02:02 That is fantastic, catherine.
00:02:03 Ú>> That is fantastic.
00:02:05 Meredith: Cannot leave with less than that.
00:02:06 >> Yeah.
00:02:07 Meredith: 45 Seconds on the clock.
00:02:11 ú >> hmm.
00:02:31 Well, I know the answer's one of them.
00:02:35 [Laughter] >> I THINK THIS WOULD BEr A good time to ask the expert.
00:02:41 Meredith: All right, we're going to bring in baratunde thurston.
00:02:44 Hey, how are you doing, buddy?
00:02:46 >> Doing great as usual.
00:02:47 Always great to see you.
00:02:48 Meredith: Yeah, nice to see you, as well.
00:02:51 This is really important to catherine.
00:02:52 @ she's going for 50,000.
00:02:56 We're going to keep our fingers crossed here, and I'm going to feed you the question right now.
00:03:03 >> International automakers " so catherine, you should know, I do not speak japanese.
00:03:10 >> NEITHER DrO I.
00:03:12 >> O " >> any that we can eliminate?
00:03:19 >> Mazda doesn't sound very unifying to me.
00:03:23 It's seems like one of those terms that divides; it's got that harsh letter "z" @ I don't know, I just don't feel a lot of love from that word.
00:03:30 That is very non-scientific, though.
00:03:35 I would– and the suz–hmm, subaru has very unifying commercials.
00:03:41 He's a very nice guy IN THOSE COMMERCIALS.r Also not scientific.
00:03:47 This is very difficult.
00:03:49 I wish I just spoke japanese.
00:03:51 It'd make things a lot easier.
00:03:53 Nissan feels better.
00:03:55 It's a softer term, it's been around for a long time.
00:03:58 The cars make me feel good @ leaning toward nissan.
00:04:06 Very low confidence rating on this one.
00:04:08 I feel really bad as I'm supposed to be your expert, but I'm not a japanese speaker, so I'm just doing a bit of semi-educated guessing.
00:04:16 Nissan sounds more unifyingú phonetically, in the lited japanese that I do understand, I'd go with that one.
00:04:23 Low rating, though.
00:04:25 Meredith: Baratunde, first of all, thank you very much.
00:04:27 >> Yeah.
00:04:28 Meredith: And I gotta remind you that, you know, he sort of leaned towards nissan but he's saying to you he doesn't know.
00:04:34 Yo@u have 28 seconds, catherine, starting now.
00:04:37 >> Ok, it's sort of a no-harm, no-foul kind of thing.
00:04:41 Meredith: Yeah, it's a free guess, totally.
00:04:43 >> Free guess.
00:04:44 And baratunde sort of likes subaru.
00:04:49 Baratunde and you, BARATUNDE, ME?r I don't know.
00:04:53 Maybe subaru, it's kind of speaking to me.
00:04:56 I'm gonna take a big, giant , subaru, final answer.
00:05:03 Meredith: Hmm.
00:05:06 You have $50,000.
00:05:08 [Cheers and applause] >> oh, my god!
00:05:18 Oh, my god!
00:05:19 Meredith: Well, I gotta tell you, when catherine guesses, she guesses good.
00:05:22 We'll be right back with more "MILLIONAIRE."r Yes!
00:05:28 >> Oh, my god!
00:07:47 Meredith: We are back with catherine parker, travel store owner from rye, new york.
00:07:51 And this much, catherine, I can say positively.
00:07:54 Your husband david who's sitting behind you is a very happy guy, very proud of you.
00:07:59 Your daughter julia, who's nine years old and asked you to bring her back 50 bucks, is going to get her $50.
00:08:07 >> She's getting her $50.
00:08:08 Meredith: She's getting her 50.
00:08:09 And your store that suffered $80,000 worth of damage and two serious floods a couple years back, you've almost recouped all of that.
00:08:16 ú congratulations, that's great.
00:08:22 And totally on a guess, which is phenomenal.
00:08:25 >> It is kind of phenomenal.
00:08:27 Meredith: You could even take up japanese now, because you might know it.
00:08:31 >> I know what "unity" means now.
00:08:33 Meredith: You certainly do.
00:08:34 Well, you know, fifty's great, a hundred's even better.
00:08:36 You're going for 100,000 at this point, four away from the million.
00:08:40 The lifelines are gone.
00:08:42 It's ok.
00:08:44 Are you ready?
00:08:45 >> I am ready.
00:08:46 Meredith: Ok, let's play.
00:08:47 [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]r Meredith: 45 Seconds on the clock.
00:08:56 For $100,000.
00:09:21 Wow. ahem.
00:09:24 I WATCHED MICHAEL PHELPS,r And he's an amazing swimmer, and I remember those olympic medals, but I have to tell you, I just–i really don't know, and $50,000 is an awful lot of money and I really don't want @ so, meredith, I'm going to walk, and that's my final answer.
00:09:45 [Cheers and applause] Meredith: I love it when someone leaves with a big smile on their face, because they're leaving with $50,000.
00:09:52 >> Wow.
00:09:53 Meredith: You're a good guesser, catherine, so let's have you guess this one, just to see what it is.
00:09:58 If you had to guess.
00:09:59 >> If I had to guess, I'd guess the norwegian cross-country skier.
00:10:03 Meredith: All right, let's see what it was.
00:10:05 >> Ah.
00:10:05 Meredith: And good, I'm glad you didn't guess.
00:10:07 It's the soviet gymnast.
00:10:08 Here's your check for $50,000.
00:10:10 Good luck with that.